One-man stand puts Obama's drones back on the defensive

Republican senator Rand Paul brought Washington to a standstill last week with a 13-hour filibuster attacking Barack Obama's nominee to be the new head of the CIA.

10th March, 2013
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The United States Senate, which has been a hyper-partisan, slow-moving and frankly boring place for much of the recent past, exploded into life last week in a most unexpected manner.

The administration of President Barack Obama was held to account on civil liberties by - of all people - a right-wing Republican senator, Rand Paul of Kentucky.

Paul's tactics captivated the nation's capital. He mounted an old-style "talking filibuster", taking the floor of the Senate...

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